The Keokuk School Board has signed off on the district’s roughly $32-million spending plan for the upcoming school year.
One of the highlights is the fact that the property tax rate will drop by 73-cents, or nearly 4%. The district’s share of property tax bills are not expected to fall by 4%, though, because of the residential rollback.
The budget also includes an expansion of Keokuk’s preschool program for 4-year-olds. The addition of a second classroom will allow an increase in enrollment from 30 to as many as 80 preschoolers starting in the fall.
Jurors in Illinois could soon take a more active role in certain types of cases.
The Illinois Supreme Court adopted a rule that said jurors can ask questions of witnesses in civil trials.
Warren Wolfson, who teaches at the DePaul Law School in Chicago and previously served 34 years as a judge, said he allowed questions in more than two dozen cases, but had little success convincing other judges to give it a try.
Colchester residents might soon see a new charge on their sewer bills. It could be just the first of several.
The city council has given first reading to proposed ordinance to add the $4 monthly fee. The city needs the money because the Illinois EPA is requiring the city to update its sewer and water treatment systems.
Mayor Danny Bice said the city has little choice but to raise more money. The city is looking for financing from federal and state agencies.